Fourth International Summer School on Computer Supported Cooperative Work – Foundations, Methods and Technologies

26-30 August 2019, Como Italy.


The CSCW Summer School provides young researchers (PhD or post-doc) with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of CSCW as a research field and community. The interaction among the participants (both teachers and students) will promote the generation of new ideas and their confrontation with the experiences they have acquired in their field research.

Aims and scope

After the introduction of the acronym CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work) in the late 1980’ the themes connected with the understanding of collaborative work practices and the design of artefacts supporting collaboration have become pervasive in many scientific, business and social discourses. The domains in which CSCW can inform sociotechnical design are constantly growing and changing. This asks for a continuous elaboration of the theoretical foundations of the underpinning disciplines through a reflection on the outcomes of the field studies, on the methods applied in the social and technological investigations and on the impact of the technologies on practices they are made part of. The combination of these perspectives should be the patrimony of any researcher who wants to grasp the complex and subtle issues that are involved in the CSCW research area.


The course will present central themes, methods and discussions within CSCW by experienced scholars in conversations with participants.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Intro to CSCW (Kjeld Schmidt)

Fieldwork (Dave Randall; Nina Boulus-Rødje) Lesson learned toward technology design (Carla Simone) Design (Antonella de Angeli) Theory (Ina Wagner)
Project presentations (Participants) Participatory Design (Claus Bossen) Writing (Luigina Ciolfi)

All days start at 9am and finish at 5pm.

Participants should expect to read up to two papers for each theme, engage in reflective conversations and activities during the course, as well as and complete a number of assignments before or during the course (All to be specified after acceptance)

Important dates

  • April 8th, 2019: Application deadline. See below.
  • April 15th, 2019: notification of acceptance.
  • June 14th, 2019: deadline for registration.

Credits: 7,5 ECTS


The school will be held in Como (Italy), and specifically at Villa del Grumello, a nice villa close to Como: the center of the town can be reached in a ten minutes walk along the border of the lake.


  • Antonella di Angeli (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano – Italy)
  • Claus Bossen (Aarhus University – Denmark)
  • Nina Boulos-Rødje (Roskilde University – Denmark)


Registration fee (course and lodging 6 nights): Euro 630
Registration fee (course only): Euro 350

Please note that the suggested lodging is an offer and that participants are free to choose other places to stay. Lodging takes place at the Ostello close to Como Lake and the course venue, and entails shared rooms for 5-6 persons, shared kitchen and bath, and breakfast included.

Registration is now possible via:


Please provide a document that includes one to two pages of CV and one page that includes your PhD topic, your research approach and why you want to participate at the summer school. Deadline April 8th, 2019. Please send it to:


International applicants might need a visiting student visa to come to Italy. Information about the required documents are available at the “Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs” following this link. A request for a School Invitation Letter should be sent to The request must contain all the necessary information along with a digitized copy of the identification page of the student passport (with name and photo).


For any information about the school please contact:

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